Madhur Bhandarkar keen to make films on Bengali literature

The "Chandni Bar" director appreciated the work of Bengali filmmakers, especially Ritwik Ghatak whose movies have inspired him a lot.

Madhur Bhandarkar

"I am a great admirer of Bengali sensibilities in different forms of art. So, it remains a possibility to make films on Bengali literary works," he said. Bhandarkar, in town to attend a FICCI Ladies Organisation meet, though ruled out that possibility for his next two films whose subjects have been decided already.

"I have heard a lot about the present film on Ritwik's life. I wish to catch up with the new "Meghe Dhaka Tara" whenever possible, here or in Mumbai," he said. The director, who has made films like 'Page 3', 'Traffic Signal' and 'Fashion', said he wants to stick to the kind of cinema he is familiar with.

"I want to stick to the type of cinema I am familiar with, hard-hitting which shows behind-the-scene facts. This is my forte."

Talking about how life has changed after directing critically acclaimed movie 'Chandni Bar', he said, "I visited over 60 bars for research into the subject and finally got hold of such voluminous inputs that many of them could not be referred or incorporated in 'Chandni Bar'."

"After 'Page 3', many told me they had stopped attending Page 3 parties after watching the film. After 'Corporate' you may remember how a campaign started and despite criticism from some quarters I stand by what I did. Shouldn't we project the brutal truths in our films?," he added.  

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